Getting into shape doesn't have to slim your wallet

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">For the first exercise, Gold&#39;s Gym manager Jennifer Manners says to hold an exercise ball &#40;cheap!&#41; against the wall with your back &#40;keeping that nice and straight&#41;, and hold dumbbells &#40;a weight you are comfortable with&#41;.  </span></div>
May 22, 2009 10:06:47 AM PDT
"It's going to take some hard work and determination."

That's what Gold's Gym Manager Jennifer Manners says about getting a bikini-ready body.

The good news is that even if you can't afford to join a gym or hire a personal trainer, you can tone and tighten your abs, arms, buns and thighs -- at home.

And you don't have to spend a dime.

Manners demonstrated several exercises, including a stability-ball squat with a bicep curl, a forward lunge with a shoulder press, a push-up using the stability ball, and a standard crunch with an oblique twist. You can see the exercises by clicking on our slide show.

You can buy a stability ball for $5 at Five Below locations. Or you can do the exercises substituting a chair or step for the ball.

If you don't have weights, Manners suggests using soda cans, water bottles or milk jugs, filling them more as your strength increases.

To help you get started on your summer fitness routine, Gold's Gym is offering their own Fitness Stimulus Package. Sign up to get a free seven-day membership, a free evaluation and a free exercise guide.

To watch a slide show of the exercises, click here.

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